Brinker International, owner of restaurant chains Chili’s and Maggiano’s, aimed to consolidate its local business operations, upgrade their facilities and create a space that reflected the company’s bright future. Brinker hired Structure Tone Southwest to bring their vision to life within a new, 4-story, 214,000sf office building.
The renovations included building several facilities unique to the restaurant business, such as commercial-grade test kitchens, demonstration dining areas, labs, and a training center, as well as a fitness center, office space, meeting rooms, and a corporate boardroom. Outside, the new headquarters also features a private patio, cooking facilities, and an amphitheater.
The building itself is fairly standard, with no unique structural systems. However, given the specialized kitchen facilities, the project involved extensive MEP and exhaust systems. With no outside kitchen specialist on the project team, Structure Tone Southwest worked closely with Brinker experts and the engineering team to design, troubleshoot, and execute these complex systems.
In addition to those specialized kitchen facilities, the office also required specific data and electric infrastructure to accommodate Brinker’s IT and AV needs. The office’s large IT lab includes eight fully dedicated AC units and two MDF and IDF rooms were constructed to manage all data and low voltage systems for the building.
In the office areas, materials included granite countertops, fabric wall covering, glass partitions, AV equipment, marker boards, and similar, typical office materials. The kitchens, however, required a number of specialized materials and equipment including grease duct hoods, cooking equipment, and prefabricated walk-in coolers and freezers.
Because the scope of the test kitchens was so complex and detailed, Structure Tone Southwest developed a plan and schedule that allowed for work on both the kitchens and the office areas concurrently. As work on the kitchens began, the team worked from the top floor down, managing the work around the needs of the kitchen in progress.
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3000 Olympus Boulevard
Schmidt & Stacy
Preconstruction, Interior Fit-Out
Project Achievement Award (Renovation/Modernization) by CMAA North Texas Chapter